The best time to go to Tulum: a guide to weather, prices and crowds


Tulum evokes images of sun-soaked white-sand beaches, chic eco-bungalows and gleaming Mayan ruins. It’s also the perfect base for exploring the vast Reserva de la Biosfera Sian Ka’an to experience the underground worlds of cenotes, or somewhere you might catch a performance by the Voladores (flying men).

It’s no wonder travelers flock to this corner of Mexico year-round. Unfortunately, Tulum’s popularity has made it one of the priciest destinations in Mexico – especially during the high season when the weather is reliably perfect – but visitors can still find deals during the off-season. You may get some rain, but somehow the sun seems to always shine through.

Plan the perfect time for your visit with this guide to seasons and events in Tulum.

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High season (December to April) is warm, sunny and beautiful

Warm, sunny days and cool nights entice travelers to Tulum for beach time, yoga retreats and multi-day music festivals from December to April, the high season for this destination. The temperate weather also makes it optimal for sightseeing. Occasional nortes (storms bringing northerly winds) bring kiteboarders to the otherwise tranquil waters. Expect to see crowds, though, and increased hotel rates that spike around Christmas and spring break.

A DJ at a rooftop bar at sunset overlooking the jungle near Tulum July to August is the perfect time for great nightlife in Tulum © Tommy Nature Photography / Shutterstock

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